MOULTRIE - Former Packer Tyran Robinson is making his senior season at Valdosta State one he will remember.
And he is hoping it lasts at least two more weeks.
The Blazers will play host to West Chester at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium in a Division II semifinal game.
Valdosta State has won 11 in a row since a season-opening 24-22 loss to Albany State.
The Blazers avenged that loss with a 38-24 victory over the Golden Rams last week in a game in which they trailed 24-0.
Robinson has been a big factor in the Blazers offense, rushing for 1,105 yards on 183 carries for a 6.0 average and 10 touchdowns.
He also leads the Blazers in receiving with 60 catches for 629 yards and five touchdowns.
Of this and that:
- Two of Robinson's former Colquitt County High teammates will be heading to bowl games this month.
Charlie Thornton, and All-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tackle, and his Tuskegee University teammates will meet Shaw University in the Pioneer Bowl at 1 p.m. Saturday in Mobile, Ala.
Brian Jordan, the University of Georgia's snapper for punts and place-kicks, will head to Tampa for the Bulldogs' Outback Bowl game against Wisconsin on Saturday, Jan. 1.
That game will be televised at 11 a.m. on ESPN.
Another former Packer who had a strong season was Brian Knighton, who finished as the No. 2 rusher for Fort Valley State. The sophomore running back had 258 yards on 37 carries, for a 7.0 average.
Knighton scored four touchdowns. He also caught three passes for 17 yards.
- Britney Wetherington scored a team-high 11 points, but Berry College fell 60-56 to No. 1 Auburn-Montgomery on Monday. The Lady Vikings are now 5-3 overall and 0-1 in the Southern States Athletic Conference.
Wetherington is averaging just under 17 points a game for the Lady Vikings, who played at home on Thursday night against Emmanuel.
- Former Colquitt County and Jacksonville State receiver Ronald Bonner is still working this week. Bonner is an assistant coach at Washington County, which will travel to meet top-ranked LaGrange at 7:30 p.m. Thursday for the state Class AAA championship.
- Warner Robins is going to Statesboro for a Class AAAA championship game at 7:30 tonight. That game will be telecast by Georgia Public Broadcasting.
Also today, Clinch County will go to Hawkinsville for the 8 p.m. Class A state championship game.
On Saturday, Lowndes will be at the Big Orange Jungle to meet Parkview for the Class AAAAA state championship. That game will be telecast on Georgia Public Broadcasting beginning at 6 p.m.
Charlton County will be at Buford at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Class AA state championship game.
- Buford has won three state championships - in Class A in 2001 and in Class AA in 2002 and 2003 - and will try to become just the second team in Georgia high school history to win four straight state championships.
Now-defunct West Rome won four in a row from 1982-1985.
- The Buford coach is Dexter Wood, who came within three seconds of playing for another state championship in 1991.
That year, Wood was the head coach at Marietta High, which lost in the semifinals to Colquitt County when the Parks Hughes threw a touchdown pass to Sharone Roberts with three seconds left in overtime to give the Packers a 21-17 victory.
- At least three Class AAAAA schools are looking for head coaches now.
Joining Colquitt County and Tift County with vacancies is South Gwinnett where T. McFerrin has stepped down after 34 years as a head coach.
McFerrin coached 30 years in Georgia, including the last seven at South Gwinnett. He became only the seventh coach in Georgia high school history to win 300 games when South Gwinnett beat Meadowcreek on Oct. 1. McFerrin retires with a 301-93-4 record. He won a state championship at Elbert County in 1995.
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